Pedodontics or pediatric dentistry (pediatric dentistry) is a branch of science that deals with the preservation, diseases and treatment of milk and permanent teeth until the end of the adolescent (10-18 years) period.
The primary goal of pediatric dentistry is to take the necessary precautions to prevent dental problems and to ensure that children have a mouth without decay. The procedures applied for this purpose are called Preventive Dentistry Applications. These:
- regulating the nutritional habits of the child,
- giving the child oral hygiene habits,
- Superficial fluoride applications to teeth and
- It includes procedures such as applying fissure sealants.
FISHING COVER (FISHING SEALANT) : Recesses and protrusions on the chewing surfaces of permanent teeth are areas where food can become stuck and difficult to clean adequately. Fissure sealants, with their fluid structure, shallow these surfaces on the teeth, reduce the adherence of food and bacteria, and create a surface that facilitates brushing on chewing surfaces, thus preventing the formation of caries.
FLOR APPLICATIONS: Fluorine applied superficially to the teeth increases the resistance of the teeth against decay by strengthening the enamel structure of the teeth and decreases the rate of tooth decay formation. Fluoride applications are made in frequency and amounts determined according to the age of the child and the risk of caries.
SPACE HOLDER: These are the applications made in order to protect the place of permanent teeth that will come from the bottom in cases of early loss of milk teeth. Place holders prevent the movement of permanent neighboring teeth towards the extraction area after the milk teeth are extracted. In this way, it is prevented that permanent teeth that have not been erected are buried or that they emerge from different places and cause crowding.